Amid the confusion of the coronavirus pandemic, there are simple things that we can do to build our immunity and stay strong while we wait out this crisis. It may be tempting to watch Netflix and chill the whole day in pajamas without being physically active around the house. We have to build a series of habits to sustain ourselves amidst the lockdown, as our normal routines have gone out the window.
Here are a few things that you can incorporate into your day to ensure you maintain physical and mental well-being.
Physical activity is of utmost importance during this time to prevent a host of diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Ideally, about 30 minutes per day five times a week is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If this is not possible to achieve, you can at least try to do some light exercises for about ten minutes a day. You can do chores around the house, like cooking and cleaning. You can also jog in your driveway and dance to music to get some cardio in.
Plenty of meditation apps are available for free to guide people on meditation, which can help with emotional distress and eating tons of junk food to cope. Taking a few minutes out of the day to breathe calmly and deeply could reduce anxiety and depression.
Drinking water eases mental and physical distress by increasing mood. Fatigue can be caused by dehydration. Lack of fluids disrupts the blood flow to the brain and heart. It’s possible to increase your water-intake through other means besides drinking such as by eating fruits and vegetables.
Add leafy greens, fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. Adequate intake of fruits and vegetables has been linked to decreasing anxiety levels. To keep things interesting, blend vegetables with smoothies and soups. Add extra-virgin olive oil to your diet, and also add healthy nuts and seeds.
Stick to a routine of sleeping for seven hours a day. A part of maintaining a robust immune system is sleeping consistently on time every day. It helps maintain the body’s circadian rhythm, which is essential to a good night’s sleep.
Cultivate an attitude of gratefulness by maintaining a gratitude journal to not let the negativity of the pandemic affect your mental health. Be grateful for the smallest things possible, like having the luxury to spend time with your family.